Rodolfo Sancio Earns Noted Award for Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering
Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., a senior geotechnical engineer and an Associate of the firm based in Texas, is the recipient of the 2013 Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering.
Dr. Sancio earned the award after being nominated by geotechnical engineers throughout the United States, who cited him in particular for his excellence in the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering.
"I am very appreciative of the Shamsher Prakash Foundation selection committee for this distinction," Dr. Sancio said. "I have tremendous respect for Dr. Prakash along with many of the geotechnical giants he has had the opportunity to work with throughout his career."
Recipients of the Prakash Prize are young, practicing engineers from all over the world who specialize in geotechnical engineering or geotechnical earthquake engineering and "have made significant independent contributions to the practice and show promise of excellence."
This is one of two distinguished annual prizes bestowed by the Shamsher Prakash Foundation, the other being the Prakash Award for Excellence in Research. The president and namesake of the foundation is Shamsher Prakash, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, an internationally recognized geotechnical engineer with an outstanding record of teaching, research, and professional service.
Dr. Prakash is a professor emeritus in the Missouri University of Science and Technology's Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, where he has lectured since 1978. He also is an Honorary Fellow and former president of the Indian Society of Earthquake Technology.
At Geosyntec, Dr. Sancio specializes in geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement strategies and solutions, and advanced foundation analyses for large industrial facilities and civil construction. For the past 10 years, he has focused his efforts on onshore and offshore geotechnical engineering projects for the upstream and midstream oil and gas and petrochemical industry with many projects throughout the world.
Dr. Sancio has conducted numerous site development feasibility studies; earthquake reconnaissance missions and post-earthquake assessments of the performance of earthen structures and foundations; and large-scale modeling projects. He also is the author or co-author of more than 20 journal and conference publications, including a study on the liquefaction susceptibility of fine-grained soils that has become widely used in practice.